Dept. HBC

  1. Corporate Finance
Amazon has launched Amazon Catalytic Capital, an initiative that will invest $150 million in venture capital funds, accelerators, incubators and venture studios that provide funding to entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds, primarily at the pre-seed/seed stage of venture capital funding. The company will invest in funds that focus on Black, Latino, Indigenous, women, and LGBTQIA+ founders […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J. – Market Performance Group (MPG) has acquired The Creative Partners Group (The CPG). The deal will further expand MPG’s best-in-class omnichannel strategy and services capabilities at Target Corp. and throughout the retail marketplace, the company said. Marc Greenberger   Described as a one-stop retail powerhouse, The CPG is one of the country’s […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
RTIH rounds up the stand out retail systems deals, deployments and pilots from September, including Walmart, Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, Kwik Trip, Marks & Spencer, Currys, Boots, Lowe’s, Ikea, and Aldi. Lowe’s is tapping NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise to create interactive store digital twins in Mill Creek, Wash,. and Charlotte, N.C. “We are always looking […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The power of audience profiling lies in the ability to target your ideal customers by understanding exactly what makes them tick. Without it, you’re reducing your chances of landing effective marketing campaigns. But the problem is, attributing audience profiling directly to revenue results is a challenge all marketers face. How can you tell if it’s […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
DETROIT — Kroger Health is partnering with Michigan’s second-largest health plan, Priority Health, to launch two co-branded Medicare plans that promise to address patients’ whole-health needs. The two co-branded plans, PriorityMedicare + Kroger (PPO) as well as PriorityMedicare D-SNP + Kroger (HMO), will be available in eight counties in Southeast Michigan beginning in January 2023. […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The world of retail is moving faster than a new PlayStation console on launch day. Luckily, we’ve got bags of consumer insight at the ready to help you work out what’s next for the industry. Big questions are swirling around the future retail trends of 2023: What are people spending more on?  Which generations are […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The new list of the 50 fastest growing e-commerce brands of the past year reveals that the top 25 US ecommerce brands generated more than $341 million in revenue over a 12-month period (2020-2021). A specialist bicycle wheel store has emerged as the fastest-growing ecommerce brand in the US, with a staggering 13x (1,357%) growth […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Oct. 3, 2022 — Walmart invites communities to get healthy ahead of peak flu season at Walmart Wellness Day on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., where customers can receive affordable immunizations like flu, pneumonia, shingles, HPV and more at pharmacies nationwide. COVID-19 bivalent boosters will also be available with […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
ESG has been important to companies and to investors though recently there has been some blowback from certain segments of the market on whether ESG is a feel-good, hard to measure, share-holder unfriendly and fuzzy goal. This piece proposes that while ESG remains important a new ESG which is far more focused and therefore measurable, […]
  1. Department: HBC
Cannabis is in growth mode: the industry posted sales between $24.5 and $27 billion in 2021 and reached an estimated 11,800 retailers in 2022, according to data from the MJBiz Factbook. A Gallup poll found that 68% of Americans believe marijuana should be legal and 16% of adults aged 26 and over used cannabis in […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Sports fan destination site Fanatics and beauty retailer Sephora are both gearing up for the holiday sales rush with the debut of new, faster delivery options. Fanatics has teamed up with UPS-owned Roadie to offer local next-day delivery; while Sephora has debuted a same-day delivery option that will be served by its delivery partners Uber, […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
This video features a panel discussing brand strategy in the metaverse from Total Retail Tech 2022 in Nashville. Speakers include Mimi Ruiz, Vice President, E-Commerce, PacSun; Justin Hochberg, CEO and Founder, Virtual Brand Group; Ekta Chopra, Chief Digital Officer, e.l.f. Beauty; and moderator Ron Offir, Managing Director, Retail and Consumer Products, Deloitte Consulting. While the metaverse may not be […]
  1. Retailer Media
Best Buy will partner with DoubleVerify, a software platform for digital media measurement, data and analytics, to improve the measurement capabilities of its Best Buy Ads retail media network. The partnership will provide additional tools to both Best Buy and its brand partners to boost the efficiency of their ad campaigns. Best Buy advertisers that […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — At Wednesday’s White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health in Washington, D.C., Hy-Vee chairman and CEO Randy Edeker stated that the company will deliver 30 million meals to vulnerable communities by 2025, as well as deploy its registered dietitian team to educate 100,000 Americans in areas of low food […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Marketing is often first on the chopping block during a recession, and with GDP contracting two quarters in a row, retail marketers are working hard to determine how to make each dollar go further. Many organizations will cut marketing spend in a bid to preserve margins. But research shows slashing marketing programs can undermine revenue […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Big-box retailers aren’t the only ones contending with reverse logistics challenges. Returns are an expensive headache for third-party online sellers as well. Vendors on Amazon.com, eBay, Walmart.com, and Wish.com must handle excessive e-commerce returns, as 20 percent of all online purchases are sent back. Online sellers must also contend with higher consumer expectations for a […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
When Snapchat first hit the scene back in 2011 it was an instantaneous hit with younger audiences because it offered something that was almost impossible to find on the internet — transience. In the 11 years since, Snapchat has evolved to more closely resemble its social media counterparts (which in turn have adopted many Snapchat-style […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The second annual study reveals strong interest in online procurement across commercial, education, government, nonprofit, and health care industries, along with increased focus on corporate social responsibility SEATTLE –(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep. 28, 2022– Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon Business
  1. Technology & Innovation
An artist’s rendering of the planned new research and innovation center. Photo provided courtesy of L’Oréal USA NEW YORK — L’Oréal USA onTuesday announced that it will be opening a new, state-of-the-art Research & Innovation (R&I) Center in Clark, N.J., replacing its existing facilities that it has occupied in the area for more than six […]
  1. Department: HBC
The face of beauty is changing. There was a phenomenal shift to shopping online during the pandemic, with sales of cosmetics, fragrances and other beauty items growing. Despite the return to bricks-and-mortar shopping, digital channels will continue to account for an ever-increasing share of the UK’s total beauty market. So, how can retailers pique interest, […]
  1. Media & Marketing
We’re recording live this week from the just wrapped GroceryShop conference in Las Vegas. Our guest this week is Tim Simmons, SVP & Chief Product Officer of Sam’s Club, who takes  us deep into the transformation process that he’s been helping lead. We learn how Walmart and Sam’s Club have been evolving and accelerating the […]
  1. Channel: Mass
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — As part of its ongoing quest to meet its customers wherever they are, Walmart on Monday launched two new immersive virtual experiences on Roblox, a metaverse gaming platform. Called Walmart Land and Walmart’s Universe of Play, the spaces are meant to offer unique interactive content and entertainment for Gen Z shoppers, allowing […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Walmart will launch three new returns options as part of its “No Concerns” campaign to accommodate early holiday shopping. Beginning in Oct. 1, 2022, Walmart will introduce: An extended Holiday Guarantee returns period allowing customers to return eligible purchases made on or after Oct. 1, 2022, through Jan. 31, 2023; Curbside returns, which will allow […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Steve Mister, president and CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, gives Video Forum an update on recent events in the fast-paced nutritional supplements category. He provides a critique of the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory and educational work in the field, talks about a new CRN study on savings to the health care system […]
  1. Department: Food
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – Dollar General is introducing an exclusive line of health and wellness gummy supplements, which the company says supply nutrients that help make everyday wellness routines easy, fun and delightful. Products in the OhGood! line are made with clean ingredients, Dollar General says, and are non-GMO, gluten free and made with natural flavors. Additionally, […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart is launching two new immersive experiences on the Roblox metaverse platform: Walmart Land and Walmart’s Universe of Play. The former will bring fashion, style, beauty and entertainment items to the Roblox community of over 52 million daily users. The latter, meanwhile, is pitched as “the ultimate virtual toy destination in Roblox, just in time […]
  1. Channel: Mass
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Sept. 26, 2022 — Hold onto your headsets! Today, Walmart is announcing the launch of two new immersive experiences in the metaverse mega-platform, Roblox. Called Walmart Land and Walmart’s Universe of Play, the spaces offer unique interactive content and entertainment for customers, bringing to life the best of Walmart’s ‘isles’ in a virtual […]

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Retail vacancies in the United States dropped to 6.1% in the second quarter, a 15-year low, as Americans continued to resume in-store shopping. Asking rents for shopping center spaces during the quarter were 16% higher than five years ago, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Tuesday (Oct. 4), citing figures from commercial real estate broker […]
  1. CPG: Food
  2. Department: Food
  3. ESG
  4. Merchandising
Nestlé Confectionery has announced sustainable packaging innovations for two of its best-loved brands – Quality Street and KitKat. In a category first, Quality Street will move to recyclable paper packaging for its twist-wrapped sweets. By replacing the double layer of foil and cellulose with a paper wrap, Quality Street will remove more than two billion […]
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The RETHINK team visited Las Vegas from September 19-22 for Groceryshop 2022. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with many of our Top Retail Influencers and learn about their event experience. #TRI2022 members- Ricardo Belmar, Michael LeBlanc, Jeff Roster, Melissa Minkow, Bryan Gildenberg, Andrea Leigh, and Stewart Samuel- all shared their thoughts on […]

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